ARE WE COMMITTED TO GROW IN THE NEW YEAR? (Col. 1:9-14)
I hope at least some of you remember on what I preached during the watch-night service. It was on ‘Growing up (in Christ) in the New Year’ based on Col. 1:9-14.
As we find from the text, Apostle Paul’s ceaseless prayer for the Colossian church was that ‘they may be filled with and be increasing in the knowledge of God’s will and be strengthened with all power, for joyous endurance and patience’.
The goal of growth is in two areas mainly:
1. IN THE REALM OF KNOWLEDGE:
Need to grow in the realm knowledge of God’s will so that
(a) Our Christian living will be worthy of the Lord (by considering the world as not worthy, by stop seeking the deceptive and worthless things of this world and by obeying the Lord in al situations)
(b) Our Christian living will be pleasing to the Lord (by walking with God, by being spiritually minded and by fearing God) and
(c) Our Christian living will increase in fruits and good deeds (by cultivation of spiritual virtues, cultivation of worship and by cultivation of loving ministry to others)
2. IN THE REALM OF POWER:
The growth in divine power is for:
(a) Our endurance/perseverance in spite of sufferings and
(b) For patience to have self-restraint and forbearance
Being empowered by such divine power apostle Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).
Let’s continually commit ourselves for growth in the areas of knowledge and divine power in the New Year and I believe we will be able to look back and thank the Lord for the strides that we have made by the end of the year.